Women with High Sex Drives More Selective About Who They Date

C. Price

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According to a new study published in the Journal of Research in Personality, the more a woman wants sex, the higher she raises her standards when dating.

Coming out of Bar-Ilan University in Israel, the study found women with high sex drives were much more selective about who they’d choose for a short-term relationship than women with low sex drives.

By contrast, men with both high and low sex drives preferred attractive women, but those with high sex drives said they would also enter into short-term relationships with less attractive women.


“Women with high sex drives were more selective about

who they’d choose for a short-term relationship.”

Researchers studied 78 students and identified participants as either sexually hyperactive or sexually deactive.

After identifying each student’s sexual capacity, researchers had the students watch videos of men and women with varying levels of attractiveness. Participants then reported whether or not they’d enter into a short-term relationship with the men and women in the videos.

The study’s researchers explained their results through evolutionary biology, arguing women need to consider the potential repercussions from a short-term relationship (a child) and will choose a partner with good genes, while men experience less of a necessary investment in short-term relationships, even if a child results from the union.

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